Reflecting about God with our Tibetan friends – Part 5

In the last part, I introduced the only Catholic Church in the TAR, and thus a tiny minority; today, we talk of the majority religion of the Tibetans and get acquainted with their views on God. Though there are many different Tibetan ethnicities, as pointed out in Part 3, something which connects them all isContinue reading “Reflecting about God with our Tibetan friends – Part 5”

Basic Introduction into Lojong – Part 3: Transforming bad circumstances into our path of enlightenment

Based on Chapter Chapter 12 “Lojong” of my book Buddhism for Overthinkers. Trier: Buddha TS Publishing, 2018. [formerly known as : Rationalism versus Spiritualism and Atheism versus Polytheism in Buddhism. Berlin: epubli, 2015.] After we dedicated ourselves to bodhicitta, the next slogans want to help us with the transformation of bad circumstances into our path ofContinue reading “Basic Introduction into Lojong – Part 3: Transforming bad circumstances into our path of enlightenment”

Basic Introduction into Lojong – Part 2: Bodhicitta

Based on Chapter Chapter 12 “Lojong” of my book Buddhism for Overthinkers. Trier & Vachendorf: Buddha TS Publishing, 2018. [formerly known as : Rationalism versus Spiritualism and Atheism versus Polytheism in Buddhism. Berlin: epubli, 2015.] The need of this training is very clear. Our mind works very ‘ego-centered’ and of course there is a contradiction betweenContinue reading “Basic Introduction into Lojong – Part 2: Bodhicitta”

Basic Introduction into Lojong – Part 1: Background knowledge

Based on Chapter Chapter 12 “Lojong” of my book Buddhism for Overthinkers. Trier & Vachendorf: Buddha TS Publishing, 2018. [formerly known as : Rationalism versus Spiritualism and Atheism versus Polytheism in Buddhism. Berlin: epubli, 2015.] Lojong (བློ་སྦྱོང་ , blo sbyong) is a practice from Vajrayana, and thus from Tibetan Buddhism. It is often translated as ‘mind training’. The practice itself wasContinue reading “Basic Introduction into Lojong – Part 1: Background knowledge”

[Buchauszug] Der Chondoismus aus buddhistischer Perspektive

Der Chondoismus, auch Ch’ŏndoismus (천도교, Ch’ŏndogyo) ist eine einheimische Religion in Korea, wobei die meisten Anhänger im Norden (DVRK) wohnen. In den nordkoreanischen Medien wird sie als Nationalreligion bezeichnet und hat sogar eine Chondoistische Partei, aber auch in Südkorea hat der Chondoismus geschichtliche Relevanz. Auf Koreanisch wird er als Ch’ŏndogyo, also „Lehre des himmlischen Weges“Continue reading “[Buchauszug] Der Chondoismus aus buddhistischer Perspektive”

Should we understand the six realms within Kamadhatu in Mahayana cosmology as actual existence?

Based on Chapter Chapter 9 “Are the Six Realms irrational?” of my book Buddhism for Overthinkers. Trier & Vachendorf: Buddha TS Publishing, 2018. [formerly known as : Rationalism versus Spiritualism and Atheism versus Polytheism in Buddhism. Berlin: epubli, 2015.] Many people studying Mahayana books probably have heard of the ‘six realms’ (六道)and without any deeper research, one mightContinue reading “Should we understand the six realms within Kamadhatu in Mahayana cosmology as actual existence?”

The Noble Eightfold Path in a nutshell

Based on Chapter 5 “The rationality of Buddhist etiquette” of my book Buddhism for Overthinkers. Trier & Vachendorf: Buddha TS Publishing, 2018. [formerly known as : Rationalism versus Spiritualism and Atheism versus Polytheism in Buddhism. Berlin: epubli, 2015.] The Noble Eightfold Path can be summarized into three categories: prajna, sila, and samadhi. Sammadhitti (‘right view’) which is theContinue reading “The Noble Eightfold Path in a nutshell”

Ngöndro and Tonglen

Based on Chapter 3 “Meditation” of my book Buddhism for Overthinkers. Trier & Vachendorf: Buddha TS Publishing, 2018. [formerly known as : Rationalism versus Spiritualism and Atheism versus Polytheism in Buddhism. Berlin: epubli, 2015.] In Hinduism, a quite important meditation is Chakra Meditation. For many people, chakra meditation might look quite esoteric, but the idea of chakraContinue reading “Ngöndro and Tonglen”

Meditation in Mahayana-Buddhism

Based on Chapter 3 “Meditation” of my book Buddhism for Overthinkers. Trier & Vachendorf: Buddha TS Publishing, 2018. [formerly known as : Rationalism versus Spiritualism and Atheism versus Polytheism in Buddhism. Berlin: epubli, 2015.] When people in the West think of East Asian Buddhism, the first thing which probably pops into the mind is the schoolContinue reading “Meditation in Mahayana-Buddhism”

Anapanasati and Metta

Based on Chapter 3 “Meditation” of my book Buddhism for Overthinkers. Trier & Vachendorf: Buddha TS Publishing, 2018. [formerly known as : Rationalism versus Spiritualism and Atheism versus Polytheism in Buddhism. Berlin: epubli, 2015.] Meditation is extremely important in Buddhism as it is necessary to gain enlightenment. As Bhante Dhammananda explained: “Meditation will help him [i.e.Continue reading “Anapanasati and Metta”